Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Bynum’s Mouth As Big As His Fro

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at New York KnicksWhen talking about Bryant’s impact on his career, the Andrew Bynum felt that Kobe’s ball-dominant ways hurt his development. At first, the former Laker center appreciated Kobe’s presence because less pressure was put on him to perform. However, as time passed and Bynum believes he developed, all of a sudden he took issue to Kobe’s playing style. Bynum felt the Lakers guard was too much of a powerhouse to allow him to play to the best of his ability.

This theme of Kobe picking up the pieces isn’t something new, and fans have seen this especially in the last string of games. But it’s one thing to give a backhanded compliment. Bynum should focus less on his woes with former teammates and focus more on his game. At the guard position, Bryant needed Bynum performing at high levels to help finish on the court. Overall, Bynum’s gripe sounded like a way of excusing his exit from L.A. to bring in Dwight Howard. I am sure the sting of being the Lakers second choice still resonates with him.

Even though he wasn’t the Lakers first choice at the end of last year, Andrew Bynum believes he is the number one league center, despite hardly playing this season. Andrew hasn’t logged a minute with his new team yet because of knee problems, but that didn’t stop him sending a little smack talk Howard’s way:

“Personally I think they traded No. 1 for No. 2.”

The Lakers got the better end of the deal with Bynum having yet to play a single game for the Philadelphia 76ers and Howard putting solid numbers while coming off back surgery. Howard may have some on-court growing to do, but evidently baby Bynum’s attitude hasn’t changed much, something the Lakers can live without.

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Lakers News

Pau Gasol Expected to Play Tuesday Against Charlotte Bobcats [Silver Screen and Roll]

Tweetbag: Andrew Bynum says he is the best center [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers/76ers: Lakers End their Road Trip in Style [Forum Blue and Gold]

Time to Get Excited Again About Nash to Lakers [OC Register]

Lakers Beat the 76ers [ESPN]

Kobe Bryant Explains His Superpowers [SB Nation]

Bynum Assesses His Old Team [OC Register]

Steve Nash Ready to Step Up as Lakers Playmaker — Can He Do It? [LA Times]

Kobe Bryant Feeling Fine in Philly [ESPN]

ESPN’s Van Gundy Praises Clippers, Says Lakers ‘Not Totally Tied… [OC Register]

Andrew Bynum: Kobe Stunted My Development [SB Nation]

Next Year’s Luxury Tax Could Lead Lakers to Make Moves This Season [LA Times]

Mitch Kupchak Reflects on Andrew Bynum’s Career With the Lakers [Inside the Lakers]

Nash, Olynyk, Wiggins and More Here [Raptors HQ]

Lakers Look Energized in Win Over 76ers [OC Register]

Andrew Bynum Has Advice for Dwight Howard: Get Used to Not Touching the Ball with Kobe Around [ProBasketballTalk]

Kobe joins elite company following scoring spree [SB Nation]

NBA News

Joel Przybilla of Milwaukee Bucks Suspended for Throwing Ball That Hit Ref [ESPN]

NBA Power Rankings: Better Than Ever [SB Nation]

New Orleans Hornets Sign Dominic McGuire [ESPN]

Mark Jackson Says Win Over Hawks Shows Warriors Are ‘For Real’ [ProBasketballTalk]

The Return of Ricky Rubio [CBS Sports]

Let’s Get More Offensive – The Downbeat #915 [SLC Dunk]

Warriors Pound Boards, Hawks to Cap Impressive Road Trip [The Point Forward]

Report: Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans Among Those Who Could be Traded This Season [ProBasketballTalk]

Raymond Felton Hopes New York Knicks Fans Welcome Jeremy Lin Warmly [ESPN]

5 Players Under 25 Years Old With The Best Chance To Make The Hall Of Fame [Dime Magazine]

Jim O’Brien Was Right, After All [SB Nation]

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